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Servi-Tech in the News

Good afternoon!

Pete Kruse, Servi-Tech’s director of operations, was quoted in a story in the Dodge City Daily Globe this week.

Here’s the story!

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3i Show

Good afternoon!

We wanted to let everyone know that we’re at the 3i Show in Dodge City, Kan. this week.

If you’re around, stop by the Servi-Tech booth, which is booth 160 inside. Come get rain gauges, calculators, and  key chains! We also have TheProfiler set up, and we’re ready to answer any questions about it.

We’re also ready to talk about our purpose, which is making the planet more productive (MP2). Come see us if you want to know more!

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Brent Schinstock and Fred Vocasek at the 3i Show in Dodge City.

Corn at Sunrise

Good morning!

We hope everyone had a wonderful Fourth of July.

Here’s some video that Bryan Boroughs, one of our agronomists at Servi-Tech, took of a corn field near Montezuma, Kan.

Radio Servi-Tech

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Each week a few of our agronomists give a report on how the fields are looking in Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado and Iowa. This report, called Radio Servi-Tech, is available online.

To listen to Radio Servi-Tech, go here each week:

We’ll have more updates each week!

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Good afternoon!

Parts of the Midwest are experiencing heavy rains and waterlogged fields.

Servi-Tech agronomist Pat Mai sent this photo from Iowa.

Servi-Tech agronomist Pat Mai sent this photo from Iowa.

Here’s a story from Ag Professional about how the crops fair in heavy rains.

Corn and soybean survival in waterlogged soils

Over the last five days, some areas in South Dakota, Iowa and other states have received more than 6 inches of rainfall leading to ponded or flooded areas in fields. Water saturated or waterlogged soils lack enough oxygen for root respiration and many wonder, “How long can corn and soybeans plants at early growth stages survive in these waterlogged soils?” There are many factors that lead to this question’s answer says Nathan Mueller, South Dakota State University Extension Agronomist.

“We know that the crop growth stage, variety/hybrid, duration of ponding/saturation, soil type, soil/air temperature, and other factors can affect the survival of corn and soybean plants under these waterlogged conditions,” Mueller said. “Unfortunately other factors reduce plant population related to flooding including crusting, plants covered in sediment or buried under residue, and increase in seed/seedling diseases like damping-off in soybean.”

Currently, the crop growth stages of most corn and soybean range from germination to V3 and germination to V1, respectively. At these early growth stages of germination, emergence and early vegetative, Mueller says both corn and soybean plants are negatively impacted quite quickly by waterlogged conditions.

“Crops that are not completely submerged have some limited capacity for diffusion of oxygen to occur from the shoot to the root, which increase survival time,” he said. “Oxygen is needed by plant cells for growth and development including germination.”

Read the rest of the story here, or at

This Week in Photos

Good morning!

It’s been a busy week here at Servi-Tech. Here are some photos.


“Nice stand of non irrigated corn with 24 inches of soil moisture. We’ll see how long it lasts.” (Photo by Orvin Bontrager, director of education)


“Planting by the light of the moon” (Photo by agronomist John Payne near Brownell, Kansas)


First emergence of the season. (Photo by Chase Johnson, Nebraska)

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Loading fertilizer in Sublette, Kansas, at Sublette Coop.

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Irrigating in southwest Kansas.

Servi-Tech in the News

Servi-Tech has been in the news recently!

Here’s a link to a news article from the Dodge City (Kan.) Daily Globe, in which Bryan Boroughs, a technical support agronomist, talked about frost damage done to wheat in the area.

And here’s the latest column in The Wichita Eagle from Mark Vierthaler, Servi-Tech’s director of communications.

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